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1978 Philadelphia Phillies season

 

1978 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1978 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 96th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies won their third straight National League East title with a record of 90-72, a game and a half over the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the Phillies defeated the Pirates in Pittsburgh on the next to last day of the season.[1][2] For the third consecutive season, the Phillies came up short in the NLCS, as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated them, three games to one, like they did the previous season. The Phils were managed by Danny Ozark, as they played their home games at Veterans Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 .556 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 73 .547 1.5
Chicago Cubs 79 83 .488 11
Montreal Expos 76 86 .469 14
St. Louis Cardinals 69 93 .426 21
New York Mets 66 96 .407 24

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Phillie Phanatic

The Phillie Phanatic debuted on April 25, 1978 at The Vet when the Phils played the Chicago Cubs. Since then, he was given the title "baseball's best mascot" by sports analyst Tim McCarver, who was the person who formally introduced the Phanatic on the "Captain Noah and His Magical Ark" show on WPVI-TV as he did promotional work for the team as a side from being the "designated catcher" for Steve Carlton, as well as ESPN's Chris Berman. The Phanatic was originally portrayed by Dave Raymond, who was working originally as an intern in the team's front office, for fifteen years, from 1978 to 1993. Raymond's father is retired college football hall of fame coach Harold "Tubby" Raymond at the University of Delaware. The elder Raymond was once quoted "I used to be known as the head football coach of the Fighting Blue Hens but now I will forever be known as the father of a green transvestite!" Also, the Phanatic was voted 'best mascot ever' by Sports Illustrated for Kids and Sports Illustrated.

Roster

1978 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Boone, BobBob Boone 132 435 123 .283 12 62
1B Hebner, RichieRichie Hebner 137 435 123 .283 17 71
2B Sizemore, TedTed Sizemore 108 351 77 .219 0 25
3B Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 145 513 129 .251 21 78
SS Bowa, LarryLarry Bowa 156 654 192 .294 3 43
LF Luzinski, GregGreg Luzinski 155 540 143 .265 35 101
CF Maddox, GarryGarry Maddox 155 598 172 .288 11 68
RF McBride, BakeBake McBride 122 472 127 .269 10 49

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
McCarver, TimTim McCarver 90 146 36 .247 1 14
Morrison, JimJim Morrison 53 108 17 .157 3 10
Harrelson, BudBud Harrelson 71 103 22 .214 0 9
Johnstone, JayJay Johnstone 35 56 10 .179 0 4
Dineen, KerryKerry Dineen 5 8 2 .250 0 0
Cruz, ToddTodd Cruz 3 4 2 .500 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 34 247.1 16 13 2.84 161
Christenson, LarryLarry Christenson 33 228 13 14 3.24 131

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Reed, RonRon Reed 66 3 4 17 2.24 85
Brusstar, WarrenWarren Brusstar 58 6 3 0 2.33 60
Eastwick, RawlyRawly Eastwick 22 2 1 0 4.02 14
Piña, HoracioHoracio Piña 2 0 0 0 0.00 4
Boitano, DanDan Boitano 1 0 0 0 0.00 0
Larson, DanDan Larson 1 0 0 0 9.00 2

1978 National League Championship Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers win the Series, 3 games to 1, over the Phillies.

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Los Angeles - 9, Philadelphia - 5 October 4 Veterans Stadium 63,460
2 Los Angeles - 4, Philadelphia - 0 October 5 Veterans Stadium 60,642
3 Philadelphia - 9, Los Angeles - 4 October 6 Dodger Stadium 55,043
4 Philadelphia - 3, Los Angeles - 4 October 7 Dodger Stadium 55,124

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Mike Ryan
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Lee Elia
A Peninsula Pilots Carolina League Jim Snyder
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Ron Clark
Rookie Helena Phillies Pioneer League Larry Rojas
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Notes

References

  • Baseball Reference: 1978 Philadelphia Phillies season

External links

Preceded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1977
NL East Championship Season
1978
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1979
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